‘Tow Plow’ Gets Mich. Trial Run
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Gaining Traction With More DOTs
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Transportation began a limited trial run Tuesday of a ‘Tow-Plow‘ unit along Interstate 94 near Kalamazoo. The agency plans to test the feasibility of using such add-on plows over the next few weeks.
The Tow-Plow is essentially a standard plow truck connected to a towing rig that can swing out to clear a second lane of traffic at once. Tow-Plows are manufactured by Viking Cives, both in Ontario and in Missouri.
Several other states including Maine and Wisconsin have started implementing the cost-saving option in recent years.
MDOT spokesman Nick Schrippa acknowledged that his department was intrigued at a technology that could theoretically double the efficiency of their trucks.
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